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LG G5 vs. iPhone 6s Plus

by • March 2, 2016 • No Comments

LG’s brand new G5 handset has a modular focus that market-leading handsets like the iPhone 6s Plus have never ventured into. Let’s pit the key specs and showcases of these phones up against ereally other so you can compare the two.

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Build
  • Modular create


Apple’s larger of its two 2015 iPhones is 6 percent taller and 5 percent wider than the LG G5. The iPhone, yet, measures 5 percent thinner.


LG wins out in the battle of the scales, weighing 17 percent lighter than the iPhone 6s Plus.


Apple’s iPhone line has helped define the all-metal unibody create we see so frequently these days, and other manufacturers (now that include LG) are future it.

Modular create

The LG G5’s modular create is its headline showcase. You can slide out the base and battery to replace it with different types of modules, like a spare battery, Hi-Fi music player or camera grip controls.

At this stage we don’t understand how much these extra components can cost, or how well they’re going to work, but it does appear like one of the boldest smartphone innovations in years.


We’re appearing at four color versions for ereally handset.

Display dimensions

The iPhone 6s Plus has an 8 percent bigger screen. In an odd move, LG’s 2016 flagship has a smaller in size screen than its 2015 flagship, that had the same 5.5 inches as the iPhone.

Display resolution

The LG G5 is 38 percent sharper in terms of pixel density. Don’t ponder the iPhone 6s Plus has a bad display yet, actually if the pixel count is lower. In our experience, its brightness, white balance and color accuracy are all superior.

Display type

It’s IPS displays all the way, with no love here for the AMOLED displays popular by Samsung and others.

Always-on display

The 2016 flagship of LG (like Samsung’s new phones) has an always-on display, allowing you to check the date and time and see key notifications at a glance without unlocking the phone.

Pressure-sensitive display

The iPhone 6s Plus does not have an always-on display, but it does have its own party trick, in 3D Touch. With a harder press you can access other menus and versions within iOS and supported apps.

There’s no on the market Android equivalent to 3D Touch yet, but we haven’t discovered ourselves missing the showcase on non-iPhone devices. Handy to have? Yes. Must-have? Nah.

Fingerprint sensor

The LG G5 fingerprint sensor is located around the back of the handset underneath the camera. In the case of the iPhone 6s Plus, it is actually embedded in the Home button on the front.

Mobile payments

Mobile payments are slowly gaining extra
traction in different types of markets across the world, and we’re appearing at Android Pay on the G5 vs. Apple Pay on the iPhone. LG’s own payment process is ruextra
d to be launching later in 2016.


The LG G5 packs the latest and greatest Qualcomm chip so blazing swift performance should be guaranteed. Apple creates its own processors, so direct comparisons are complex, but the real-world performance of the iPhone 6s Plus is incredibly swift and up there with the really most smartphones of in these days.


The LG G5 has double the RAM of the iPhone 6s Plus, but don’t underestimate iOS’ terrific RAM management, that sucks extra
out of that 2 GB than you’d assume.


There’s just 32 GB of storage space on the market with the G5, yet the future category helps out a few in that department. You in addition have the version of getting LG’s 360 CAM add-on module (that’s the camera grip one) that comes with an extra
4 GB.


The G5 supports microSD cards, up to 2 TB in dimensions. Android’s Adoptable Storage, where external storage space can be treated as internal storage space, isn’t supported, but you can yet manufacture lots of use out of that space (especially handy for photos, videos and music files).


The LG G5 embraces the newer, swifter USB Type-C standard pretty than microUSB. The iPhone 6s Plus uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector port.


There’s extra
to battery life than the dimensions of the battery: display demands, software efficiency, power-saving showcases and so on can all offer. We’ll require to test the G5’s juice preceding jumping to any conclusions here.

Fast charging

Thanks to its Snapdragon 820 processor, the LG G5 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, that improves on the the speed of the (already swift) Quick Charge 2.0 – by 27 percent. As of yet Apple hasn’t added any comparable swift charging innovation for iPhones.

Wireless charging

Sorry, wireless charging fans, but neither the LG G5 or the iPhone 6s Plus are going to donate you what you want (at very least not without an extra
accessory or wireless charging case).

Removable battery

As we described, the modular create of the LG G5 means you can remove and replace the battery. In addition to the regular battery replacement module, the LG 360 CAM plug-in module offers an extra 1,200 mAh of juice over the standard battery.

VR headset

LG has joined the virtual reality revolution with its unquestionably meh (at very least based on our demo) LG 360 VR accessory for the LG G5. It’s a lightweight VR headset that plugs into the phone (unconventionally) via a standard USB Type-C cable.

For the time being Apple is staying out of the VR market, but there are approximately pretty plans being created behind closed doors. In the meantime, the Samsung Gear VR delivers the most mobile VR and the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift the most VR, period.

Camera megapixels

LG wins in terms of pure megapixels but we’ll have to wait for a review unit preceding we understand whether it can compete with the great camera Apple has put within the iPhone 6s Plus.

Notably, the LG G5 has a dual-lens camera around the back, with the smaller in size 8 MP lens coming with a 135 mm wide-angle lens that lets you get a wider shot if and when necessary.

Camera aperture (rear)

The LG phone camera has a wider aperture, that should in theory translate into advantageous low light performance – yet again we’ll have to put the LG G5 through its paces properly preceding giving a final judgement.


Optical Image Stabilization is present on both handsets, cutting out blur and camera shake when your hands aren’t perfectly steady.


It’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow vs. iOS 9, that is most likely to be one of the bigger decisions you require to manufacture if you are choosing between these two phones. LG does have its own custom UI sitting on top of the core software, yet, so it isn’t really Google’ purest vision of its newest OS update.


LG’s new handset goes on sale in April together with its LG Friends accessories. Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus launched last September.

Starting price (full retail)

At the time of writing we don’t understand the price point of the LG G5. The cheapest iPhone 6s Plus, the 16 GB version, can be picked up for $749 full retail without a contract.

For extra
, you can hit up Gizmag’s MWC hands-on with the LG G5 and our full iPhone 6s review.

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  • Display dimensions
  • Display resolution
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